35-year-old Kootingal man charged with carrying credit card knife in Tamworth courthouse

Security check: Sheriffs order every person to be screened by a walk-through metal detector at Tamworth court and have their belongings x-rayed by a machine.
Security check: Sheriffs order every person to be screened by a walk-through metal detector at Tamworth court and have their belongings x-rayed by a machine.

A MAN has been charged after allegedly carrying a knife into the Tamworth courthouse.

The 35-year-old Kootingal man entered the court precinct about 12.10pm on Monday.

Court security requires every person to be screened by a walk-through, airport-style metal detector and have their belongings x-rayed by a machine.

The man was ordered to go through security screening but sheriffs allegedly discovered the knife, described as a credit card folding knife.

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The weapon, which is prohibited, was seized and the man was stopped by sherrifs and arrested and charged by police.

In 2015, a man was jailed for carrying a taser into court and another man was arrested after he tried to carry a machete into the Tamworth court precinct to answer his charges.

In 2016, an airport style x-ray scanner was installed in the foyer of the Tamworth court precinct to scan people for dangerous items when entering the complex.